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Mozart Requiem

Mozart x 3! Cantorum’s concert with orchestra at All Saints’, Marlow, featured Mozart’s Vespers de Confessore, his Piano Concerto No. 21 and, of course, the famous Requiem.

The occasion was a sell-out – 325 tickets were taken and the huge venue was packed to standing room only. And the audience was not disappointed! ‘It was a wonderful concert which we and all our friends enjoyed immensely.’ ‘I vastly enjoyed your Mozart last night.’ ‘Really enjoyed the whole performance. Great Sound.’

We were delighted that Jozef Janik, whom we are extremely lucky to have as our regular rehearsal pianist, played the Concerto, himself conducting – as did the composer – from the keyboard. It was a great privilege to hear, and to watch. Jozef is a distinguished soloist in his own right, with international credits, prizes and appearances. He is a superb pianist and a great inspiration to us.

A final word about a very successful concert. Liz Toye decided to share all the solo and quartet items among the members of the choir, rather than hire vocal soloists. We were both pleased and proud to be able to field fourteen different soloists from all four voice sections within our ranks – all of whom acquitted themselves well. But this is simply to demonstrate the strength in depth of the choir; it is the choir that matters, and Liz and the choir as a whole unit must take the applause here for all the hard work, togetherness, skill, musicality and dedication that made such an excellent and truly memorable evening.